In today’s technology-driven society, teaching children the value of reading at a younger age is increasingly important.
Inspire children to put down their phones and music players on April 2, and pick up a book instead. International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is a worldwide effort to promote reading to young people.
ICBD began in 1967 and was organized by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in Switzerland. The board chose April 2 because it’s the birthday of legendary children’s author Hans Christian Andersen.
It’s crucial that we encourage youths to read and participate. Take the extra step and check to see if an author is speaking at your local library to commemorate the day, and help spread awareness about events in your area. Western Union strongly supports global education through our Education for Better program, a three-year commitment to help meet worldwide learning goals. As part of Education for Better, Western Union an average of up to $10,000 per day for more than 1,000 days in potential grant funding for nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the education space, including support for 1 million days of school.
Not every child grasps reading easily, so consider donating your time to help a struggling child learn to read through initiatives such as Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate Online Literacy Program.
Western Union is proudly partnering with Denver Public Schools so its employees can help make a difference through TutorMate. Innovations for Learning handles the rest. Even if you have no experience as a teacher or tutor, all it takes is a one-hour training webinar to pick up the user-friendly TutorMate software. Then, you’ll have all the tools you need to provide first- and second-grade schoolchildren with a modern-day pen pal and mentor, sharing a common screen that includes stories that your selected student can read with you and various learning games.
Help a child start the first chapter toward a bright future on International Children’s Book Day!